Route 1: Guatemala, Ethiopia, Thailand

  • Duration: 9 Months
  • Age Range: 18-20
  • Fundraising Amount: $16,600
  • Deadline to Apply: May 7, 2019
  • Training Camp: July 9-19, 2019
This Gap Year route starts close to home and ends up on the other side of the globe. You’ll thoroughly explore and invest in three unique regions of the world.
Your first month starts in Central America in the “Land of Eternal Spring” – Guatemala. This is a country where Adventures has an established base. Guatemala is one of the most evangelical countries in the world. You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside local believers working to bring the Word of Christ to a new generation. You might spend your days building relationships with youth who are at risk for falling into gang violence, but you could also teach English or kick a soccer ball around in the lush rainforest terrain with volcanoes dotting the skyline. Life in Guatemala is slow and focused around hospitality, and it’s a truly stunning place where God is raising up a generation to serve His Kingdom.
Next, you’ll head to Ethiopia, a nation unlike any other African country as it evokes a feeling more closely associated to the Middle East. The people here are deeply passionate about families and being together. All meals are eaten from collective plates and absolutely nothing can start without their signature coffee ceremony. There are many organizations working to serve the locals, but very few are sharing the Gospel alongside their work. Many World Racers spend their time helping our partners share their faith in Jesus with at-risk children while helping provide them an education. The elderly population in Ethiopia is often neglected, so you may spend time working to care for senior citizens, teaching the youth to honor and respect them and listening to their incredible stories.
Your time in Southeast Asia starts in Thailand, known for its stunning beaches, friendly people and bustling outdoor food markets. You will feel welcomed here, and have countless opportunities to share your faith with both locals and tourists. In Thailand, you may spend your days loving on children with special needs or doing projects around our Adventures Thailand base. You will likely spend hours covering this country, your teammates, and the base in prayer.

The World Race Process
Adventures in Missions has spent 12 years developing a process to develop modern-day missionaries after the model Jesus set. This program combines spiritual development, hands-on ministry, and world travel in a nine-month experience unlike any other.
Step 1: Apply
  • Start your application by clicking APPLY NOW button below and complete your profile (it will take 30 seconds).
  • Complete your application overview. This questionnaire portion of the application should only take about 40 minutes to complete. There are no wrong answers!
  • Pay your application fee ($39), then schedule a 30-45 phone interview with an admissions advisor. You’ll hear back within a week or two regarding your acceptance.
  • By completing a profile or application, you are not committing to go on the Race yet—although we hope you will! However, by completing these steps, you’ll gain better understanding along the way if the Race is for you.
Step 2: Acceptance
  • After acceptance, you’ll gain access to an admissions advisor who will help you with planning, fundraising ideas and all the logistical information you need to prepare.
  • You’ll also pay a $150 deposit to secure your spot. We’ll begin to share with you a plan for fundraising. The goal to raise the full amount varies by trip but is usually by the end of month 4. (A fear of not being able to raise the funds holds some people back from applying -- sometimes for years! Don't let this be you.)
  • You’ll begin to prepare emotionally, physically and spiritually for your upcoming trip as well as begin to share your story on a blogging platform we provide.
Step 3: Preparation
  • You will join your team, leaders and training staff for an 11-day preparation camp approximately 6 to 8 weeks before your race begins.
  • You’ll receive evangelism and cross-cultural ministry training, learn how to share your stories, and how to live in close community while you adapt to the unknown.
  • You will most likely experience worship styles, Bible teachings, and community different than you’ve previously experienced. We’ll encourage you to dig into Scripture and have conversations about these.
  • You’ll also meet your Squad and be placed into teams at Training Camp.
  • Finally, you return home to prepare and fundraise until launch.
Step 4: Launch
  • Your squad will join up in Atlanta, Georgia for final training, worship, and prep before launching!
  • Parents will be invited for a special parent lunch where they can meet other parents and ask questions to staff.
  • You’ll launch! Every day while on the Race will look a little different. Some days will be packed, other days could be slower. Every day will be focused on being a part of God's kingdom work.
  • The World Race has built-in adventure days into each week, when you get to experience the local culture or sightsee.
  • Debriefs happen about 5x times a year to look back to learn from and celebrate what God has done through ministry.
Begin Today by Starting an Application
World Race Extras
Along With Everything Else, Your Experience on the Race Includes:
We have a plan, a process, and tools to help you fundraise.

We take every Racer through our fundraising process built around relationship building. We give each Racer a fundraising coach who will equip you with practical tools to help you set and achieve your fundraising goals.

Following Jesus is not the easy path. We’ll help you step into the Kingdom life.

Through the years and as thousands have gone on this journey, we have identified some key factors that will help set you up for success.

Adventures offers a full-fledged ministry to World Race parents.
In addition to providing a platform to answer your parents’ questions, we support and encourage the parent journey by connecting you to Adventures in Missions, to each other, and to the work of God around the world. (They'll even get an invitation to join you a few days on the field for a "Vision" trip.)
Our safety package includes several safety and risk management teams — both internal and external — who constantly monitor and manage risks in the regions that we minister and creates contingency plans.

With our program, you are covered by a strong travel insurance policy and the insurance company works closely with us to ensure you will receive the care you need.
Your experience on the World Race begins right away -- no matter where you are.
You’ll gain access to free live coaching calls by our admission advisors and squad mentors and leaders. These calls will include inspiration, prayer, insight, and focus as you begin journeying together toward launch.

Get admission to our private alumni Facebook group with over 3,300 members.

This is the official group for all World Race Alumni. Join the Alumni network and stay connected to Alumni throughout the world. Share your story, stay involved in missions, and catch up with your squadmates and all other Racers.

Gap Year participants can now apply to qualify for college course credit through Truett McConnell University.

We are excited to offer nine college credits through three online courses that reflect existing Gap Year teachings and core values.

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